A SCHOOLGIRL died of cardiac arrest as she was forced wait an hour for an ambulance to arrive despite her GP demanding one within eight minutes.
Ffion Jones, 12, from Cardiff, Wales, was taken to see her local doctor by her worried mum after she spent a weekend, vomiting and feeling tired.
She had an elevated heart rate, fast breathing and her blood pressure was so low it could not be recorded.
An inquest heard her GP requested an emergency “eight minute” ambulance to immediately take her to hospital.
The inquest heard Ffion was suffering rare Addison’s Disease, a rare condition where the adrenal glands in the kidneys stop functioning.
GP Dr Nicola Leeson said: “As they came through the door Ffion said she felt unwell and wanted to lie down on the bed.”
After carrying out tests, the doctor became concerned Ffion was dehydrated so immediately called for an ambulance.
She added: “I was very disappointed to be told on the new system that the operator was unable to send me an eight-minute ambulance as I requested.
“The operator did say that she was going down the 999 line and she would arrange one for me quickly.
“I didn’t get the response I was expecting so I was taken aback.”
Dr Leeson kept Ffion lying down and provided her with Dioralyte to drink while they waited for an ambulance.
An ambulance finally arrived ten minute later at 3.30pm and took Ffion to University Hospital of Wales.
Dr Leeson said: “Just as we were applying the oxygen another receptionist appeared to say that I had to go and confirm it was a real cardiac arrest before the ambulance service would send an ambulance.
“I was obviously slightly distracted by the information I had just been given and was rendered speechless for a few seconds.”
Paramedic Matt Taylor was the first responder who attended the Rumney Primary Care Centre in Cardiff on December 7 last year.
Ffion, of Rumney, was pronounced dead the following afternoon after tests failed to detect brain activity.
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He confirmed cardiac arrest and started CPR.
Dr Malcolm Gajraj, consultant in paediatric intensive care, said: “My expectation is that yes if we had treated the hypovolemia we would have reduced the chances of an arrest.”
The inquest in Pontypridd, South Wales, continues.
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